The Process of Creativity
1. Works of art do not spring “full blown” into the head but evolve as the creator attempts to deal with problems left unsolved by earlier versions of the same attempt. Look at earlier sketches, musical compositions or notes from talented people to see many examples of this part of the process.
2. Creativity may happen in the following way: People are introduced to the ideas of others (encounter and engage), then the person duplicates, learns before creating on one’s own. Alexander Calder actually created mobiles as a child. He began with wire, went to mechanics, made toys, abstract drawing, and wound up again at mobiles.
3. In order to remain creative, we must tolerate anxiety, tolerate not being good enough at new things, tolerate not finishing things to our satisfaction, and perhaps even abandoning old attempts. We need direction in how to begin, then we can go further, copy, imitate until we can produce novel products, whether in the garden, music, psychology, relationships, art,etc.
This reminds me of the importance of mentors and how grateful we are when someone takes notice of us (parent, teacher, coach) and allows us, maybe even encourages us, to safely develop – lean on them, steal from them, paraphrase their interventions in the sessions we conducted during the week, and finally integrate and take off on our own.
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